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China's Climate Conundrums
How to Make a Mountain of Coal Disappear

China’s pollution books are either messy or cooked. Either option emphasizes the Potemkin nature of a supposedly binding global climate accord.

Cyrenaica and Tripolitania Redux
Plan B for Libya

Sometimes a divided country is better than a hopeless one.

U.S. Gas Exports
The Pipe Dream

There are better answers to the North American gas glut than building multi-billion dollar LNG terminals along U.S. coasts to export it.

China's Game of Thrones
Strategic Implications of Chinese Energy Policy

As China’s far-flung energy acquisition strategy comes a cropper, the geopolitics of China’s ‘near abroad’ is getting dicey.

Russia’s Big Bear Hug on China

The mainstream media thought the major headline from the APEC summit was the U.S.-China agreement on climate change. They’re wrong. Russia’s two big pipeline projects to China have the potential to reshape the global energy and security landscape.

The Folly of Energy Independence

The American political class is way behind the curve when it comes to thinking about energy and security. The supply and price of energy no longer move in lockstep, and that divergence is key to understanding our circumstances—and what to do about them.

Selling Out

The mass transfer of U.S. wealth to oil-exporting countries bodes ill.

Fueled Again?

The United States has plenty of ways to eliminate its dependency on imported oil. We’d better use them fast.

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Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Déjà vu all over again.

Public Opinion

A new Gallup poll registers big increases in respect for police, including among Democrats and nonwhites.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

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